James Holmes DA wanted Biblical references banned from different death penalty case

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Carol Chambers.
18th Judicial District DA Carol Chambers is in the national spotlight as the district attorney in charge of prosecuting James Holmes, the accused killer in the Aurora theater shooting. But shortly before questions about whether Chambers would seek the death penalty against Holmes, her office filed a motion in another death penalty case asking a judge to exclude arguments about redemption that refer to the Bible.

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Edward Montour.
The document, on view below, is dated June 27 and pertains to the case of Edward Montour, who was convicted of murdering corrections officer Eric Autobee at a Limon prison in 2002. As pointed out by the Denver Post, Montour had previously received a life sentence for killing his infant daughter. But his subsequent death penalty for the Autobee slaying was tossed because it hadn't been handed down by a jury, leading to more years of legal wrangling. Montour's latest death penalty trial is now slated for February 2013.

In the so-called "Motion in Limine to Exclude Use of Blblical Parables and Religion-Based Theological Appeals," Chambers, via her deputies, "requests that the Court...enter an order prohibiting counsel from injecting Biblical references, appeals, or arguments at any stage of trial or sentencing hearing."

Why? The motion argues that "it is inappropriate for defense counsel(s) to make Biblical references, appeals, or arguments to the jury to spare the defendant's life so that he can be 'redeemed by God,' during any stage of a sentencing hearing."

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Eric Autobee.
David Lane, Montour's attorney, seems simultaneously shocked and amused by this request, which was denied by a judge in the Montour case last week. Via a quippy e-mail, he asks, "Who do you know of who opposes God, Religion, Jesus etc. from making an appearance in Court???? Only one I can think of is...SATAN!!!!"

In a conversation today, Lane addressed the question more seriously. "Seeking to ban any mention of God or religion when dealing with concepts such as mercy and punishment is to deny our cultural history and experience," he says, "because all concepts of mercy are rooted in religion. It's the starting point from our cultural perspective for forgiveness. And they want to eliminate that from this case."

This isn't the first time Chambers' office has tried to remove specific language from Lane's vocabulary when it comes to the Montour matter. As we reported in 2009, the prosecutors also objected to Lane saying they wanted to "kill" his client.

Page down to read about how the Montour case could prefigure Chambers's approach to the James Holmes prosecution and see the Biblical-reference motion.



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13 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If there 'was' a god, Carole Chambers is a big enough, STUPID FUCKING 'C-Word', to think she can abuse and walk over he/she's divine essence,  as she pleases.

She's a human badger. Once her term has FINALLY expired, she should team up w/ Da' Dog and open a local,  'Justice League' ! Together, they would be unstoppable. Just so long as Da Dog doesn't cut his hair, making it extremely difficult distinguishing who is who, between the pair.

Ashlee Crenshaw Spangler
Ashlee Crenshaw Spangler

I think that must be his impression of the church lady ... did he follow that statement with the superior dance?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  -- Deuteronomy 17:12

Charlie Whiskey
Charlie Whiskey

Anyone else read that in the voice of the Church Lady?

Maggie Nichols
Maggie Nichols

Evelyn, the DA is the prosecutor in this (and any) criminal case. She is smart enough to know the entire world knows the heinous nature of his crime without needing Bible verse. She's also trying to banish the idea that he could be redeemed by God, and therefore should have his life spared. Try reading before you lash out. We have a strong prosecutor who is building a strong case....everything you want.

Michael J. Simmons
Michael J. Simmons

What if anything does Rleigion have to due with this court case? Did God come down and command James Holmes to shoot up the Theater? Did Satan? Granted there may be some who want to beleive that, but that is not the case.

Zack Lewis
Zack Lewis

NOT EVERYONE WHO OPPOSES RELIGION IS SATAN, most of us just think for ourselves...

Mags Slat
Mags Slat

I believe in separation of church and state.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

I don't think James Holmes can have anything banned does he not realize he is going to be executed. A man that commits mass murder does not get choices!!!

Kris Custer
Kris Custer

Religion is for the weak minded and easily led sheep.

Melanye King
Melanye King

How about the separation of church and state? Was that SATAN's idea???

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